Utahns asked to weigh in on the future of the Jordan River

24 August 2020 Published in News & Events

By Tony Semerad, Salt Lake Tribune

This may be a time like no other for the Jordan River.

Wasatch Front residents by the thousands are seeking out green spaces and recreation along Utah’s main urban waterway for relief from the COVID-19 crisis.

Its necklace of parks and natural areas offers a way to enjoy mature trees and a diverse range of wildlife, hike or bike an extensive network of trails, or float segments of the 51-mile flow connecting Utah Lake with the Great Salt Lake’s southern wetlands.

“More people are discovering the Jordan River Parkway,” said Søren Simonsen, executive director of the Jordan River Commission. “We’ve seen just an explosion during the pandemic.”

And even before COVID-19, generations-old dreams of preserving and improving the river and its ancient watershed have been slowly coming true. New spots for connecting Utahns with its native beauty seem to sprout like bulrushes along the path through 16 cities and three counties.

An important and in-depth planning effort is now underway for how the beautiful yet often neglected river could evolve in the coming decades.

But the health crisis has hampered efforts to create a new blueprint for the Jordan River Parkway. Supporters of the process recently extended their deadline for the public to weigh in.

Residents can add their visions for the river — at least until Thursday — through an online survey at blueprintjordanriver.org.

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  • While photographing at The Great Salt Lake, I learned that it is a vastly different experience than other bodies of water. It is other-worldy, eerie, and beautiful at the same time. It is calming, peaceful, and a very inspirational place to be. Some may call the experience spiritual. Others may call it freeing. I call it magical.

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